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Figure Skating

Figure Skating

The glitz and glamour of Figure Skating will be a true spectacle at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, with the green and gold skaters ready to take the ice.

The world’s best 148 figure skaters will all vie for the chance to call themselves Olympic Champions across five events; men’s and women’s individual, pairs, ice dance and for only the second time in Olympic history - the teams event.

Skaters will take to the ice at Gangneung Ice Arena, part of the Gangneung Olympic Park in front of crowds of 12,000 enthusiastic spectators.

Selected Australian athletes: After making his debut at the Sochi Games as a 19-year-old, Brendan Kerry will again be looking to grace the ice in PyeongChang in the men’s individual event. Kerry followed in his mother Monica’s footsteps who competed in Ice Dancing at the 1988 Calgary Olympics.

In the women’s event, triple Australian Champion 19-year-old Kailani Craine will make her Olympic debut at the 2018 Games.

The newly crowned Junior World Champions, pairs skaters Harley Windsor and Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya have qualified for their first appearance on the Olympic stage, by which time they will be 21 and 18-years of age respectively.


Qualification, Nomination & Selection

Australia has qualified one man, one women and one pairs duo in Figure Skating at PyeongChang 2018 and is looking to qualify one team (which would include a dance couple).

Australia’s male figure skater, Brandon Kerry, secured Australia’s first quota place at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2017.

Kailani Craine and the pairs duo of Harley Windsor and Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya secured qualification places at a Senior International Qualification Competition – the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany in late September, 2017.

Australia is now looking to to qualify a team, which is based on a competition consisting of up to ten (10) best national teams from NOCs/ISU Members.

All figure skating qualifications will be finalised by 21 December 2017. For the full details on qualification click here>>>

If an athlete has qualified then they will be eligible to be nominated to the Australian Olympic Committee for selection. For the full details on nomination to the Australian Olympic Winter Team click here>>>

Competition Format & Events

There are five Olympic figure skating events: ladies’ singles, men’s singles, pairs, ice dancing and the team event.

The men’s, ladies’ and pairs competitions consist of two separate parts: the short program and the free skating. The short program combines seven prescribed elements such as jump combinations and spins. In the free skating program, skaters perform an original arrangement of techniques to music of their choice. The top 24 of the 30 competitors in the singles events and 16 of 20 couples in the pairs event qualify for the free skate.

In the pairs the couple work as one unit, demonstrating overhead lifts, throw-jumps with the man launching his partner, death spirals and side-by-side and combination spins.

Ice dancing is similar to ballroom dancing and composed of two parts, the Short Dance and the Free Dance. The focus is on the complex steps in rhythm and time to the music. The skaters maintain contact with each other, including lifts and spins. The Short Dance includes a prescribed set pattern  to their own choice of music plus three required elements - twizzles, a lift and step sequence.  In Free Dance the pair freely express their interpretation of the music they have chosen, which must include nine required elements. 24 ice dance teams compete in the Short Dance, with only 20 going through to the final. 

The figure skating team event will feature teams made up of six skaters: one male skater, one female skater, one skating pair and one ice dance couple. Points are awarded to each skater/ couple. The team with the highest number of aggregate points is declared the winner. The figure skating team event made its first appearance at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck and made its Olympic debut at Sochi in 2014.


Following a judging controversy in Salt Lake 2002, the ISU adopted a new system in 2004 to award points for each element of a skater’s program. Each element is judged first by a technical specialist team before a panel of nine judges award a score for the execution of that element plus five separate scores for the artistic performance (program components) as a whole.

A total score is based on the addition of points of two segments.

1. The technical score (or Total Element Score) is comprised of points gained on jumps, spins and footwork. Each element of the performance is assigned a base value relating to its degree of difficulty, with judges evaluating the performance on each element within a range of plus 3 to minus 3.

2. The Program Component Score comprised of points gained on five components - skating skills, transitions/linking footwork, performance and execution, composition and choreography,  and interpretation and timing. The program component scores range from 0.25 to 10.0 and range from very poor to outstanding. It evaluates overall skating quality, difficulty and quality of steps linking the elements, style and originality.

Australia and Olympic Figure Skating

Australians first competed in figure skating at Oslo 1952. Adrian Swan competed in the men’s individual and placed 10th. Nancy Hallam and Gweneth Molony both competed in the ladies individual placing 14th and 21st respectively. Cameron Medhurst represented Australia at three consecutive Winter Olympics, at Sarajevo 1984, Calgary 1988 and Albertville 1992, where he achieved his best of result of 16th in Albertville.

The brother/sister national pairs figure skating champions Stephen Carr and Danielle McGrath (Carr) also represented Australia at three consecutive Winter Olympics. At Albertville 1992, they placed 13th and then equalled the best performance by an Australian pair with 11th at Lillehammer 1994. In Nagano 1998 they placed 13th.

Another three-time figure skating Winter Olympian is Cameron Medhurst (Sarajevo 1984, Calgary 1988 and Albertville 1992), palcing 19th, 19th and 16th respectively. He is the only figure skater to be a flagbearer (Closing Ceremony Albertville 1992.)

Australia’s best Olympic results were achieved by Adrian Swan (Oslo 1952) and Anthony Liu (Salt Lake 2002) who both placed 10th in the men’s individual; Joanne Carter who placed 12th in the ladies individual at Nagano 1998; the pairs Stephen and Danielle Carr, who placed 11th at Lillehammer 1994, and Monica MacDonald and Rodney Clarke who placed 20th at Nagano 1998 in ice dancing.

 Cheltzie Lee was Australia’s only figure skating representative at Vancouver 2010 and won the hearts of the nation, finishing 18th in the short program and 20th in the free program (20th overall), posting personal best scores and delivering beyond her 16 years.


Pre-PyeongChang AUS Tally

- Gold
- Silver
- Bronze

Fast Facts

Aussie pair win Junior Grand Prix Final 9 December 2017 (AEDT)

Wonder pair Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor have capped off an incredible year by winning the Junior Grand Prix Final in Nagoya, Japan


Craine and Kerry win consecutive national titles 9 December 2017 (AEDT)

In a comprehensive victory, Kailani Craine has won her fourth consecutive national title surpassing her personal best score by nearly five points at the Australian Figure Skating Championships in Brisbane.


Kerry and Craine on home soil for national titles 7 December 2017 (AEDT)

The Australian Figure Skating Championships in Brisbane this week will provide national champions Brendan Kerry and Kailani Craine with an almost last opportunity to test their programs ahead of the PyeongChang Games next February.


Powerhouse pair skaters line up for Junior Grand Prix Final 5 December 2017 (AEDT)

As unlikely and unpredictable as Australia’s Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor’s Junior World Championships title seemed back in March this year, of even more significance is the continual melding the figure skating pair are bringing to their sport, lives and partnership.


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Shanghai Trophy mixes it up for ice sports 27 November 2017 (AEDT)

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Pair skaters Windsor and Alexandrovskaya claim fourth career gold 25 November 2017 (AEDT)

Australia’s current Junior World Pair Figure Skating Champions Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor have struck their fourth career gold medal and fifth podium in Estonia overnight, returning to the scene of their first Junior gold medal last year in Tallinn


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Opening Ceremony jacket for PyeongChang unveiled 10 November 2017

Australia's first selected Winter Olympic Team athletes help unveil the Opening Ceremony jackets for PyeongChang.


Figure Skaters selected on the Australian Winter Olympic team 10 November 2017

Four Aussie figure skaters were the first athletes selected onto the Australia Winter Olympic Team for PyeongChang 2018, and were presented with their Opening Ceremony jackets to mark the occasion

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Figure Skaters named on the 2018 Australian Winter Olympic Team 9 November 2017 (AEDT)

A four strong Figure Skating section has been announced in Sydney today, marking the first 2018 Olympic Team members and featuring Australia’s first indigenous Winter Olympian.


Windsor selected to be Australia's first Indigenous Winter Olympian 9 November 2017 (AEDT)

Australia has made plenty of Winter Olympic history over the past 20 years and now figure skating sensation Harley Windsor is set to rewrite the history books himself as he becomes Australia’s first ever Indigenous athlete to compete at a Winter Games.


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Winter Olympic Team Opening Ceremony jacket unveiled 9 November 2017 (AEDT)

The Australian Olympic Committee, Karbon and XTM Performance were today joined by the first athletes selected onto the Australian Winter Olympic Team to unveil the Opening Ceremony jacket for PyeongChang 2018.


Figure Skaters named on the 2018 Australian Winter Olympic Team 9 November 2017 (AEDT)

A four strong Figure Skating section has been announced in Sydney today, marking the first 2018 Olympic Team members and featuring Australia’s first indigenous Winter Olympian.


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At the second of six ISU Grand Prix events in Regina, Canada, figure skaters Brendan Kerry and Kailani came away with a mixed bag of results in a topsy turvy event that included Olympic and world medallists.


Grand Prix season beckons for figure skaters 23 October 2017 (AEDT)

Australian champions Brendan Kerry and Kailani Craine open their 2017 Grand Prix account this coming weekend at Skate Canada in Regina, Saskatchewan.


Best day in Aussie Figure Skating history 10 October 2017 (AEDT)

Harley Windsor and Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya have claimed back-to-back podium finishes, winning gold at the Junior Grand Prix in Gdansk, Poland over the weekend.


Olympic quotas & World Champions 3 October 2017 (AEDT)

Australia dominated on the global stage over the October long weekend with World Championship victories, international golds and two qualifications for the Winter Olympic Games